UPDATE: Lafayette Police have arrested Joseph Dakota Richey in connection with  the fiery crash that killed Brad Wedlock.

Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Karl Ratcliff said Richey has been charged with the following:

  • Misuse of Two-way Center Turn Lane
  • Speeding
  • Reckless Operation
  • Seat belt Violation
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Schedule I CDS( marijuana)
  •  OWI (2nd Offense)
  • Vehicular Homicide

Ratcliff said Richey was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was discharged from a local hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.


Joseph Dakota Richey of Duson is expected to be charged Wednesday in the crash that killed a Lafayette man on West Congress Street this week. As of this morning, the pending charges (warrants) listed on the Lafayette Parish website include vehicular homicide, reckless operation, excessive speed, no safety belt, prohibited acts, and possession of marijuana. He will be formally charged upon his release from the hospital which is expected to be later Wednesday afternoon.

Fatal Crash on Congress Street, Photo courtesy of KATC viewer
Fatal Crash on Congress Street, Photo courtesy of KATC viewer

28-year-old UL Lafayette graduate student Brad Wedlock was killed on Monday afternoon in the fiery crash near the intersection of West Congress Street and Guilbeau Road. Witnesses say the car that was driven by Richey was traveling at a high rate of speed before hitting Wedlock's car in the center turning lane.

A total of 4 cars were involved in the crash. Two people- including Richey- were taken to Lafayette hospitals. Wedlock died on the scene.

Brad Wedlock was remembered by friends, colleagues and his advisers at UL Lafayette. This story from KATC's Travis Guillory.


**UPDATE: Our news partners did some digging on other pending charges from back in 2015 against Richey:

KATC Investigates found Richey has pending court cases in Lafayette. He's set to appear in court on April 24 for a November 2015 charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He's due in court the same day for July 2016 charges of resisting arrest and possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

He's pleaded not guilty to all three existing charges.

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